When we moved to Florida over ten years ago, I quit my career as a technical trainer. I was super excited to be able to be home with my boys but then they started school and left me! I'd always wanted to learn and I finally had the time so I took a class and was off and running.
At what point did you really start feeling like a knitting designer?
I had self published a few designs, but the one that really took off for me was Gaenor - a sideways shawl that was my first big knit design hit in 2009.
I'm a people watcher. I see interesting things that folks are wearing - knitted or not - and I wonder how the styling and shape might translate to knitted garments. And I'm constantly looking for new stitch pattern sources for the next great lace shawl.
Do you have a favorite type of item to design?
I'm loving garments right now. I'm fascinated with all the different ways to construct garments and I'm super interested in unconventional construction techniques.
I love crochet bind-offs. I really feel like if more folks were open to combining the crafts there would be all sorts of way to use the fabrics together to use the best elements of each to make amazing things.
How would you describe your designing style?
I like to make pretty things that other people want to make also. I really feel like it's just that simple.
Which of your designs is your favorite? (if you had to choose...)
My favorite changes all the time. My current favorite is Bayard from my new book Warm Days, Cool Knits.
My current favorite is Bristol Ivy. I see her amazing garments and want to wear them - and I'm totally impressed with how she comes up with some of the awesome things she does!
Any upcoming projects you can give us a hint about?
Right now it's all self publishing all the time, and I have a ton of finished projects in my studio that are waiting for photos and final patterns. I'm in the very beginning stages of my next possible book but that's way down the road and super secret still!